by Anthony Rodge
Smartphones were dubbed so because they are supposed to make life easier. Having a smartphone in this age simplifies how you do everything – from how you communicate and find your way around, to how you work and how you choose a lifestyle. Smartphones have grown to become the core gadgets that have changed how we live completely. Should finding the right smartphone be so difficult? Unfortunately, buying a smartphone is not as easy as it should be – but it is a good thing because there are so many alternatives, so many variants designed for specific kinds of users. If you are considering buying a smartphone, here are a few considerations that should guide you to select the right device that suits your lifestyle, work, and budget.
1. Do you need a smartphone?
Before you set out to buy a smartphone, ask yourself if you need a smartphone in the first place. A smartphone is an advanced phone, so if you are someone who only sends text messages and makes calls, you may not need a smartphone. If you want to work on your phone, connect with friends and family through social media and take high-quality pictures and videos, then a smartphone should be your life companion. Once you establish that you need a smartphone, the next step is to pick the right one.
2. Choosing the right smartphone operating system
When choosing a phone today, the operating system it runs on is one of the first considerations to look at. This differs from the past when all you had to consider was basic design and capabilities. The operating system is basically the main software that the phone runs on. The leading operating systems that run smartphones today are Android (developed by Google), iOS (Apple’s), Windows Phone (Microsoft), BlackBerry (Research In Motion) and Symbian (Nokia).
The more popular an operating system means the more applications available in the market. Android is the leading operating system in the market now, running on over 72% of smartphones worldwide followed by Apple’s iOS. I would recommend you go for smartphones that run either of these operating systems.
3. Choose the right smartphone manufacturer
Besides operating systems, the hardware manufacturer is also a major determinant of how good a smartphone is. All phones running iOS are developed by Apple, while smartphones running on Android are manufactured by different companies. Be sure to go with a manufacturer who offers greater services in your location such as repairs, warranties, and other accessories. Also, research online to find out the quality of hardware such as the casing and the screen. Review the various smartphone manufacturers before settling for a particular smartphone.
4. Review smartphone specifications
Specifications matter a lot. Smartphones today come in all varieties and designs. Some have large 5-inch screens while others have smaller pocket-friendly screens. Depending on what you need the smartphone for, you can go for a high-end smartphone with a dual or quad-core processor, more storage memory (up to 64GB) and over 8 megapixels camera. This phone will be very expensive. Alternatively, you can go for a mid-range smartphone with a dual-core processor, about 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, 5 megapixels camera and a smaller 3.5 to 5-inch screen. This will be cheaper and can fit in your pocket.
5. Smartphone carrier and price options
Lastly, buy a phone that a carrier of your choice supports. Since smartphones come in different bands, check to make sure that the phone works in your country – particularly a network you are in. You can check this in the phone’s specifications or you can ask your carrier. Most carriers often offer smartphones at a subsidized price, you are therefore more likely to get a good deal if you get a contract phone from your carrier than if you buy a SIM-free or unlocked phone.
Are you going to get a new smartphone? Although you may have an idea of what kind of smartphone, these five top ideas should guide you in making the right choice.